The ailing Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, reached Goa on Sunday afternoon by an air ambulance after his discharge from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, where he had been under treatment for nearly a month.He was taken to his private residence near here in an ambulance from the Dabolim airport. An ambulance and a medical crew have been kept ready at his residence. He was admitted to the AIIMS on September 15. He has been in and out of hospitals for more than seven months.On Friday, Mr. Parrikar held a meeting of his Ministers and State BJP leaders at the AIIMS. Thereafter, his condition was said to have deteriorated.Also Read Parrikar to stay as Goa Chief Minister: Amit Shah Cong. seeks resignationThe Opposition Congress has been demanding his resignation because of his prolonged illness and absence from office.However, Union Minister Shripad Naik dismissed any possibility of dissolution of the Goa Assembly and expressed confidence that the government would complete its term.Mr. Naik said there was an improvement in Mr. Parrikar’s health but he needed to take rest.(With PTI inputs)
Your body isn’t the only thing that grows quickly during the first years of life. Your microbiome, the population of bacteria that lives in your gut and elsewhere in your body, has a growth spurt, too—and disrupting it might lead to health problems down the line. A new study of mice shows that interrupting the development of gut microbial populations with low doses of antibiotics early in life disturbs their metabolism and boosts the risk of obesity later on.In recent years, researchers have realized that the microbes living in your gut are crucial for several functions, including building a strong immune system. Infancy is a particularly important time for developing a robust microbiome, a process that begins with the microbes a newborn picks up on its way through the birth canal. Children born by cesarean section, as well as those who receive antibiotics during their first year of life, have a higher risk of developing immune disorders such as asthma and type 1 diabetes. Epidemiological studies show an elevated risk for obesity among these children as well, although the effect seems to be very small.But Martin Blaser, a microbiologist at New York University in New York City, suspected that the microbiome’s development has a bigger impact on metabolism later in life. Studies with livestock such as pigs and chickens showed that low doses of antibiotics administered when animals are young caused them to grow faster and increased the amount of fat they gained. 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As expected, penicillin changed the animals’ gut microbiota by reducing the numbers of lactobacilli and several other species that are believed to be beneficial. But this effect disappeared within a couple of weeks of the last antibiotic dose. Ten weeks later, however, treated mice that ate high-fat diets started gaining weight like mad, the team reports today in Cell. Females were particularly vulnerable: They added twice as much body fat as did their untreated female cousins that ate the same high-fat diet. Mice dosed with antibiotics that fed on normal diets did not gain weight, nor did older mice that received antibiotics.To find out whether the mice’s disturbed microbiomes or the antibiotic itself caused the metabolic changes, the team transplanted microbes from treated mice into mice previously kept completely germ-free. The recipients immediately began gaining weight when put on a high-fat diet, suggesting that the altered cast of microbiomes was responsible for the metabolic changes. Meanwhile, germ-free mice given the gut microbes of untreated mice did not gain weight.“This is a very good study because it moves beyond correlations and proves causality,” says microbiologist Willem de Vos of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, who was not involved in the study. Jeremy Nicholson, a biomolecular scientist at Imperial College London, adds that the study reveals that changes to the overall physiology of organisms may indeed result from relatively small disruptions of the gut microbiome, “which might have major long-term health outcomes.”De Vos cautions against jumping to conclusions about what the study means for humans, whose guts contain very different bacteria than do those of mice. Moreover, he adds, “you would never give a child a low dose of antibiotics for a long period. You want to know the impact of repetitive, short treatments with a high dosage.” Also, future studies will have to measure the impact of different antibiotics, rather than just penicillin, he says.Blaser agrees that more work needs to be done, but he is confident that a connection between early life antibiotic use and obesity will eventually be confirmed in humans. “A lot of work on obesity has been focused on diet and calories. That has not been sufficient to explain the obesity epidemic,” Blaser says. Antibiotics could be a missing piece of the puzzle.
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Rafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.The top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.While Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.advertisementWilliams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.
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Sania Mirza’s autobiography “Ace Against The Odds” was launched today. The tennis sensation has won many laurels for India but has also been controversy’s favourite child off the court.In her book, an entire chapter is dedicated to her personal life where she talks about her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik. Malik is a Pakistan regular in the limited-overs formats after retiring from Tests late last year.The world No.1 doubles player revealed how difficult it was to pen down a chapter about how she met her husband.”I am in general quite a private person and don’t have many close friends either. I am a very private person, so it took a lot out of me to come out with that chapter,” Sania to India Today in an exclusive interview.”I am a very talkative person, am an extrovert in a lot of things but when it comes to the things that matter to me the most, I am very quiet about them. I don’t feel comfortable sharing my personal life,” she said.Sania and Shoaib married in 2010. Their wedding was even more controversial because the former Pakistan captain was accused by another girl of already being married to her.Sania is preparing for next month’s Rio Olympics where she will partner Prarthana Thombare in the women’s doubles event and Rohan Bopanna in the mixed doubles.More from Sania interview:- Fortunate that even at 29, I had enough experience to write a book.- Shoaib Malik is big part of my life. Families supported our decision.advertisement- Have always called my relationship with media a love-hate relationship.- Last two years have been amazing. Winning 14 tournaments were extremely amazing.- Wanted to end my career after the knee injury in 2010.- Fully focused on Rio Olympics. If I don’t win a medal there, my next target will be US Open.
The 2016 Summer Paralympics, a multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities, will be starting from today, September 7, and will continue till September 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 15th edition of the games will also see the introduction of two new sports: canoeing and the paratriathlon.Here are some facts you need to know about this year’s Summer Paralympics:A total of 158 countries are participating in this year’s Summer ParalympicsIndia has sent a total of 19 athletes in 10 disciplinesOn September 6, the sports ministry has announced a whopping amount of Rs 75 lakh for the gold medallists, Rs 50 lakh for the silver and Rs 30 lakh for bronze medallistsIndia’s first Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia will also be participating in the gamesOver 4,000 athletes are participating in a total of 23 disciplines.List of Indian athletes:Amit Kumar SarohaClub throwNarendra RanbirJavelin throwSandeepJavelin throwRinkuJavelin throwDevendra JhajariaJavelin throwSundar Singh GurjarJavelin throwDharambirClub throwVirender DhankarShot put, javelin throwMariyappan ThangaveluHigh jumpVarun Singh BhatiHigh jumpRampal ChaharHigh jumpSharad KumarHigh jumpAnkur Dhama1,500 metre racePooja RaniArcheryDeepa MalikShot putNaresh Kumar SharmaShootingKaramjyoti DalalDiscus throwBasha FarmanPower-liftingSuyash Narayan JadhavSwimmingInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org advertisement
Karachi, Dec 12 (PTI) Qatari royal family members have been denied permission by Pakistans Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government to hunt the endangered houbara bustard, a senior lawmaker said, rejecting the federal governments plea to allow the Arab royals to hunt the rare birds.Provincial lawmaker Ishtiaq Urmar, also an advisor to Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak for Environment, Forests and Wildlife, said he had received a letter from the federal Interior Ministry seeking permission for Qatari princes to hunt the protected bird which was refused.The federal governments request was refused as the houbara bustard is a rare and protected bird, Urmar was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.”Following the 18th Amendment, provinces are sovereign in taking such decisions,” Urmar said, adding that “strict action will be taken against those found hunting rare animals and birds.”Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is ruled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party headed by cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan.The houbara bustard is not only protected under various international conventions and agreements signed by Pakistan but its hunting is also banned under the local wildlife protection laws.Arab princes and their wealthy friends like to hunt Houbara bustards both as a sport and because the meat is considered an aphrodisiac.In August 2015, Pakistans Supreme Court had ordered a blanket ban on hunting Houbara bustards.Despite the hunting ban, the government issues between 25 and 35 special permits annually to wealthy sheikhs, allowing them to hunt the bird in its winter habitat.While the other three provinces – Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan – allowed rich Arabs with permits to hunt the houbara bustards, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did not.advertisementQuoting sources, the paper reported that recently a Qatari who had been hunting in the province was caught and fined.Last month, The Express Tribune reported that 12 members of the Qatari royal family had reached the Raiwind estate of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on a hush-hush visit.A special plane carrying the Qatari royals, including Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad bin Thani al Thani, landed on December 3 at Lahores Old Airport from where they were immediately flown to Jati Umra, Sharif familys palatial estate, on a helicopter, the paper had reported. PTI CORR AJR AKJ AKJ
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce its four Youth and five Masters teams that will compete in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland early next year.The Australian Youth (18’s Boys and Girls and 20’s Boys and Girls) and Masters (Men’s and Women’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 50’s and Senior Mixed) teams have been announced today following the 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships and State of Origin Series in late September. The Open (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) teams will be announced in the coming month. The three-test series sees the fierce rivals meet for the first time since 2011 in the Youth divisions and the first time since 2010 in the Masters divisions, with some divisions having also played in the 2011 World Cup (Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s and Senior Mixed). The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever following the reintroduction of the Trans Tasman Series concept in 2009. Australia is the current Trans Tasman title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters categories as well as the current World Cup champions after their success in 2011. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players on selection in the Australian Youth and Masters teams: 18’s Girls Shenae Ciesiolka Chloe Crotty Danielle Davis Hannah Dyball Jordan Lovejoy Yasmin Meakes Caitlin Moran Laura Peattie Evania Pelitte-Denny Madison Regan Sam Rodgers Brea Singman Tanisha Stanton Kim Sue See 18’s Boys James Baartz Paddy Coelho Adam Clune Lachlan Hoch Jonathan Huskins Jed Ibbotson Jackson Luke Theo Majid Rob McCarthy Jason Norford Lachlan Pierce Josh Rozairo Ciaran Toner James Wester 20’s Girls Madison Absolum Rachel Beck Anna Hicks Tracy Hill Jenna Hitch Kate McCarthy Melissa Peters Rebecca Mounsey Catherine Sargent Rylie Seamark Simone Smith Maddison Studdon Brooke Walker Toni Wells 20’s Boys Jayden Benbow Sam Brisby Scott Bundy Scott Daley Josh Gillard Matthew Goodrope Cohan Guerra Jordan Marshall Madalitso Masache Jake Pickering Simon Lang Adam Pryde Oscar Sanft Wesley Sefuiva Caidyn Wynyard Women’s 30’s Samantha Cannon Kirsten Friend Brooke James Trish McCarthy Cristie McTaggart Nicole Mitchell Alison Plath Amy Smith Holly Smith Erin Taylor Leasha Thouard Fiona Williams Sharyn Williams Mel Woodward Men’s 30’s Matt Curran Adam Fahim Philip Gyemore Mick Irvine Chris Johnson Aaron Jones Warren Lorger Brad Mitchell Dean Murphy Jason Scharenguivel Gavin Shuker Garry Sonda Dean Taylor Elijah Van der Kwast Men’s 40’s Joe Biskup Christian Browne Anthony Dudeck Barry Gibson Robin Kildare Mick Lennon Troy Morgan Gerrard O’Keeffe Jarrad Reardon David Roberts Justin Robson John Samin Robert Sinclair-Smith Darren Swain Men’s 50’s Amir Ayoub Don Baartz Shane Beale David Cheung Jeff Cheung Michael Sproule Anthony Ryan Brett Gillard Tim Kitchingham Garry Lawless David McDonald William McLean Mike Thoars Greg Young Senior Mixed Amanda Hollis Hayley McDonald Kristi Miller Karen Short Kim Solman Jade Steedman Derrick Cant William Chan Brad Lugg Stephen Prince Joshua Sparke Manu Wakely David Walsh Shannon Warren Related Files2013_stt_youth___masters_team_announcement_website-pdfRelated LinksAussie Teams Announced
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 07: Fullback Dimitri Flowers #36 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 38-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program announced some devastating injury news this evening. The Sooners’ star running back, Rodney Anderson, is out for the season.Anderson suffered an injury in the Sooners’ Week 2 victory over UCLA on Saturday afternoon.Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced tonight that Anderson is out for the year.Coach Riley announces Anderson will miss remainder of the season.Release: https://t.co/OuArAvxIEj pic.twitter.com/X2m0LB0pV5— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 10, 2018From Oklahoma:University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Sunday evening that preseason All-Big 12 running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of the 2018 season due to a knee injury sustained in the second quarter of OU’s 49-21 win over UCLA on Saturday.“We’re heartbroken for him,” said Riley of Anderson. “He’s overcome so much in his career, and if anybody can do it again it’s Rodney.“He’s played a lot of great football and has a lot more ahead of him. He’s just a tremendous person and player and we’ll miss him on the field. But we know he’ll be with us every step of the way as a team captain, and that other players will step up in his place.”Anderson seemed primed for a huge year. It’s a major loss for the Sooners.
From the report:Tyler Jones, 22, of 1455 Sycamore Place, Mandeville; Daryl Lally, 21, of 59194 Pine Bay Lane, Lacombe; and Robert Nicklas, 22, of 3424 Cove Court, Mandeville, were each booked on a count of theft of a motor vehicle in the incident, according to booking documents.Security footage showed the three men taking the vehicle from the locker room and driving it down North Stadium Drive to the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse at 2:36 a.m., according to an arrest report.About 10 minutes later, the report says, officers spotted the three men in the vehicle near the intersection of Dalrymple Drive and Cypress Drive and two of them attempted to quickly leave the scene.The vehicle is reportedly worth a little more than $10,000.It’s unclear, according to the report, if the three men are actively enrolled at LSU. BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Three men have reportedly been arrested for allegedly stealing something from a major college football program’s locker room. The men were reportedly arrested on campus.The arrest reportedly came after three men stole a John Deere utility vehicle from LSU’s locker room in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The three men reportedly took the tractor out of LSU’s locker room and drove it around campus.Security footage shows the men taking the vehicle from the locker room and driving it down North Stadium Drive to the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse at 2:36 a.m., according to their arrest reports. https://t.co/4Tepuenkg8— The Advocate (@theadvocatebr) February 24, 2019
Environmentalist and activist David Suzuki’s new episode of The Nature of Things highlights some surprising and bold South American initiatives that contribute to economies while considering environmental impact.Worried about the usual path of economics and development, Suzuki is delighted to share these new perspectives and ideas that benefit not only nature, but societies as well.Unique to Ecuador, the rights of Pachamama (Mother Earth) are written into the constitution. When a road building company came into the country’s Loja province and began dumping rocks and dirt into the Vilcabamba River, the river’s width was narrowed causing a faster running waterway. When a flash storm wiped out much of Richard Wheeler and Eleanor Geer-Huddle’s property, they decided to sue the provincial government on behalf of the river. Pachamama won. The river must be returned to its original condition.“[Ecuador] has granted the rights of fish and trees and birds and rivers to exist in their natural state,” says Suzuki in a CBC interview about his television program. “[In Canada] we have a minister of the environment. His job is not to protect the environment, it’s to protect the rights of the human beings that are going to interact with that environment. Nature is assumed in our country to be a resource or a potential for human use, not to exist for its own sake. We haven’t made that jump to realize that the health of nature is absolutely related to our health and our well-being as well.”Another groundbreaking program in Ecuador is the Yasuni-Itt Initiative. The Yasuni National Park on the east side of the Andes is thought to have the highest biodiversity in any ecosystem on the planet. “In one hectare in Yasuni they discovered more different species of trees than we have in all of North America, from Alaska to Mexico,” says Suzuki. But below the park is a massive deposit of oil.Rather than ruining the park to extract the oil, and rather than burning the oil and contributing to the carbon in the atmosphere, the Ecuadorian government proposed to the UN to leave the oil in the ground in return for international support to put towards conservation, reforestation, social development of the indigenous communities that live in the Amazon, and renewable energy science, technology and investigation. Instead of receiving an estimated $14 to $20 billion in oil revenues over 13 years, Ecuador aims to receive around $3.6 billion while protecting the rainforest.“Compare Ecuador, which is a much poorer country than Canada,” says Suzuki. “We look at the tar sands in Alberta, and whoa! Forget the fact that to get that oil is unbelievably expensive in ecological terms. We just want at it to get whatever money we can get out of it and never consider the possibility of leaving it in the ground, and possibly find other economic means, as Ecuador is searching for.“I think the challenge we face today is a lack of diversity. I think we’ve got to look to these other areas that haven’t bought completely into the economic development system that we’ve adopted so extensively.”Andean Adventure aired on January 10.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), and The Safeway Foundation have collaborated on a second public service campaign featuring actress and SU2C Ambassador Marg Helgenberger.The campaign, entitled “Together, We’re Creating a Brighter Tomorrow,” is designed to raise funds and increase awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The campaign launches October 1, the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, with 1 in 8 women in the US affected each year. Through this public service announcement, SU2C and The Safeway Foundation encourage men and women to support vital research to find a cure for breast cancer.“I am proud and honored to be a part of this campaign again and work closely with two organizations dedicated to eradicating this disease,” said Helgenberger, best known for her role as Catherine Willows on the CBS drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. “I stand up for my mother and stand strong alongside all the women and families who have been affected by this disease.”The campaign will coincide with Safeway’s annual in-store Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser, which offers customers multiple opportunities to give at more than 1,600 Safeway stores across the United States and Canada. The campaign will extend through November 3.At the center of the public service campaign is a limited-edition, breast cancer awareness-themed reusable shopping bag. The bag will be available for purchase at all Safeway locations, including Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Dominick’s, and Carrs stores, as well as online at safewayfoundation.org. Two dollars from the sale of each $2.99 reusable bag will go directly to breast cancer research. Additionally, Safeway shoppers will have a chance to make a separate donation at checkout stands.“The Safeway Foundation is excited to work with Stand Up To Cancer and Marg Helgenberger again this year and to continue making strides in breast cancer research. With her personal connection to breast cancer, Marg continues to be a powerful voice for the cause,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Inc. Executive Vice President and Chair of the Safeway Foundation. “The research made possible by The Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, as well as the passionate message delivered by ambassadors like Marg Helgenberger, can truly help save lives.”The collaborative campaign represents a continued dedication to breast cancer research and awareness for both The Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer. To date, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation have raised $119 million for breast cancer causes. Some of those donations, provided by Safeway’s generous customers, have helped provide support to Stand Up To Cancer and the transformative cancer research it funds, like the SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team. The team – led by Dennis Slamon, M.D., Ph.D., and Joe W. Gray, Ph.D. – is hard at work developing more effective, less toxic treatments for the three major breast cancer subtypes and addressing cancer cells’ ability to become resistant to therapies that are initially effective, which is one of the primary obstacles to successful treatment. Understanding this resistance opens the door to developing new therapeutic agents to overcome this critical problem.“The Safeway Foundation has long been a prominent supporter of breast cancer awareness and research,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “Stand Up To Cancer is honored to continue our work with The Safeway Foundation and Marg Helgenberger to help combat a disease that takes the lives of too many women.”To learn more, visit www.SafewayFoundation.org or www.standup2cancer.org. To join the conversation, like us on Facebook at @StandUpToCancer or follow us on Twitter at @SU2C.
Rosie & the Riveters premiered their video for I Believe You on billboard.com last week. (Rosie & the Riveters) Twitter Saskatoon-based singing trio Rosie & the Riveters is gaining international attention for a new song and video in support of the #Metoo movement.The song I Believe You was written by band members Alexis Normand, Allyson Reigh and Farideh Olsen. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The video for it premiered on billboard.com on Thursday. The song also appeared on Spotify Canada’s new music Friday playlist.“I think it just really speaks to the gravity of the situation and the importance of the message we’re sending,” said Reigh. “This message is so much bigger than our band and it’s a message that we hope is healing for survivors and we hope that people who need to hear it are the ones who hear it especially.” Advertisement
21 May 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern about the fighting Lebanon and called on all sides to protect civilians. Mr. Ban “is gravely concerned about the fighting in the last two days between Fatah el-Islam gunmen and the Lebanese army,” his spokesperson said in a statement.“The actions of Fatah al-Islam are an attack on Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty,” Michele Montas told reporters in New York.The Secretary-General welcomed the “united stand taken by Palestinian factions in Lebanon denouncing these attacks on the Lebanese army” and called on all sides to do their utmost to protect innocent civilians. “The Secretary-General also strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist bombing in Beirut,” the statement said, urging the Lebanese “to unite in the face of threats to their stability and security.”
“While we continue to provide essential humanitarian support, we must as well attend to development needs in a manner that is complementary, simultaneous and urgent,” stressed Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional UN Development Group, which is hosting the two-day meeting.“We must safeguard present gains in development and arrest potential roll-back, and at the same time, strengthen recovery and nurture innate capacities for development planning and delivery, so that people –supported by their local institutions— can cope with the ongoing crisis and build back their lives, better,” added Ms. Bahous, who is also the Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Regional directors and representatives of more than 20 UN agencies, including UNDP, have been meeting in the Jordanian capital of Amman since Saturday to discuss means to harmonize UN responses to the conflict which has killed more than 100,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes within Syria and into neighbouring countries.Almost 97 per cent of Syria’s refugees are hosted in the immediate surrounding region, with around one million in Lebanon, followed by Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.“The spillover of the crisis into its four neighbouring countries is impacting economic and human development outcomes in those countries at the national and local levels,” UNDP has said. Key sectors including investment, tourism, trade and local production are affected at varying levels of intensity, according to the UN agency. The crisis also is raising concerns over possibilities of triggering tensions between refugees and local populations in those countries.The outcome response plan has three main aspects. The first, to support governmental efforts at national and sub-national levels to ensure the provision of quality housing and related services, such as water, sanitation, energy and waste removal, and to rehabilitate and reconstruct the social economic infrastructure.The agencies will also strengthen technical and managerial capacities of municipal governments. That includes, according to UNDP, promoting peaceful coexistence within conflict-affected communities.Turning to livelihood opportunities and sustainable employment, the plan will focus on improving access to markets and financial services, stimulating productive investments, and formulating pro-poor policies to promote private sector engagement.The Regional UN Development Group also agreed to support development inside Syria, by addressing root causes of the conflict and restoring basic services, where possible, in areas of relative peace, and provide support to livelihood activities. The UN agencies also explored means to optimize partnerships and funding mechanisms between national and local authorities and amongst donors, international cooperation agencies and the Organization in order to support the proposed resilience-based development response.“Today, we have made an excellent start on a long journey,” said Gustavo Gonzalez, Sub-regional Coordinator of the Development Response. “As of today, we are rolling our sleeves up.”
The absence of the Russians in a Winter Games definitely benefits certain countries more than others — mainly because the Russians are good at many things but not everything. Here are some takeaways from our reimagined Sochi Games:USA takes top spot. The United States leads the medal table now, which is none too surprising considering the U.S. leads the table after the 11 medals were stripped, too.Latvia makes history. Latvia earns the first two gold medals at a Winter Games in its country’s history. The Latvians, like the Russians, are good at the sliding sports, so without the Russians, they nab two golds in men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled — which they deserve anyway because those two Russian medals were among those stripped away.Gracie Bronze. The U.S. women have been left off the podium in the past two Winter Games in the premier event of single figure skating. Aptronymic American hopeful Gracie Gold finished in a disappointing fourth in Sochi, but she sneaks onto the podium now.China improves its haul. The 2022 hosts specialize in short-track speed skating, a series of events that the Russian men dominated in Sochi. In the adjusted table, the Chinese add five medals, making them the biggest mover in the medal standings.The alpine events go untouched. The Russians are seldom a factor on the slopes, and the 2014 skiing results stay the same. So if there are any countries where the Russian ban means the least in terms of medal haul, it’s the alpine powers of Switzerland and Austria. Likewise, Canada and the U.S., which traditionally rule the snowboarding events, will see a lesser effect because the Russians are not particularly notable at that either, despite collecting some hardware in Sochi.Thanks to the speedy work done by The New York Times, we can start to put together a picture of the implications of winning medals in Pyeongchang, which will host the games that are due to start in just 65 days. Of the 102 events at next year’s games, Russian athletes would have been likely medal contenders in 32 of them, based on their performances at the most recent world championship-level event for each sport. In particular, Russia seemed primed for a big showing in cross-country skiing: Russian athletes had finished within the top five positions in eight of the sport’s 12 events during their latest world championship-level contests.Russia has long been a power player at the Winter Games, with dominating performances in certain events over the years, particularly at Sochi. If the Russian athletes are not in South Korea in two months, it will be the other Winter Olympic mainstays that could receive a boosted chance of medal glory. The International Olympic Committee’s suspension of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping leaves us in uncharted territory. Previous Olympics have been held without a Russian presence,1The Soviet Union didn’t participate in the Olympics until 1952 and boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. but there’s never been a doping ban of this magnitude in Olympic history, and Russia (or the Soviet Union) has been at every Winter Games since 1956.To get a sense of how this ban may affect the other countries, we recalculated the Sochi results to see what the medal table would look like without the Russians. Eleven Russian medals have already been stripped in the doping fallout, but those lost golds, silvers and bronzes were never backfilled and remain vacant. Of course, it’s very possible that many of the Russian athletes, including some of Sochi’s medalists, will still compete in Pyeongchang under the IOC banner.2Individual Russian athletes are permitted to participate in the games as long as they meet certain criteria and are deemed “clean,” though they cannot compete under the Russian name and flag. But for this experiment, we will show the effects of the Winter Games losing all Russian competitors.In our exercise, we simply bumped up anyone who finished behind a Russian at Sochi. If the Russians swept the podium, like they did in men’s 50-kilometer mass start cross-country skiing, we awarded medals to those who finished fourth through sixth.
OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) looks to deliver a pass while Penn State freshman guard Josh Reaves (23) tries to slow him down in a game in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 79-75. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorDespite being left out of the NCAA tournament field after seven consecutive appearances, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will still get a taste of the postseason.The National Invitational Tournament announced its 32-team bracket Sunday night, in which the Buckeyes (20-13, 11-7) earned a No. 3 seed.OSU is scheduled to take on sixth-seeded Akron (26-8, 11-5) in the first round Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. The Zips, who are making their first NIT appearance since 2012, won the Mid-American Conference’s regular-season title. They fell to Buffalo in their the conference championship game Saturday night on a last-second 3-pointer. OSU played Akron in the first round of the NIT in 1989, defeating the Zips 81-70. The first three rounds of the NIT, which is, essentially, a consolation prize for schools like OSU, are played at the campus sites of the higher-ranked team. The semifinals are slated for March 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, while the championship game is set for March 31 at 7 p.m. As the regular season progressed and the young Buckeyes continued to struggle to find their stride, it seemed like they were destined for the NIT. An upset win over then-No. 8 Iowa on Feb. 28 inflated OSU’s chances to take part in March Madness, but tallying just one win in the Big Ten tournament before being bounced by Michigan State on Friday night sealed the Buckeyes’ fate. Speaking to the media after his team’s 81-54 loss to the Spartans, coach Thad Matta said because of his team’s youth, he would welcome any opportunity to continue playing additional games.“We need practice, we need as much as we can get, there’s no question about it,” Matta said Friday night. This marks just the second time an OSU team coached by Matta will play in the NIT. The first time was in 2008, when the Buckeyes won five games en route to capturing the tournament title. Matta likened that team to this year’s squad because of the amount of freshmen on each roster. The current Buckeyes have six first-year players, while the 2008 team had five. “I think it paid dividends for them,” the coach said about the NIT for his 2008 freshmen.Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams said Friday it didn’t matter which tournament his team ended up in, or who they would play. “We’re just going to prepare for whatever comes next,” he said, later adding, “hopefully we get a better result.”OSU, which went 3-10 against teams that made the NCAA tournament, is the only team from the Big Ten in the NIT. As for the NCAA tournament, seven of the Buckeyes’ conference counterparts received berths, highlighted by Michigan State, which is a No. 2 seed.
Terra Drone South Africa has shown off its surveying expertise to Sibanye-Stillwater, with one of its drones successfully navigating a 3m x 3 m tunnel at one of the gold and PGM miner’s underground assets.A simultaneous localisation and mapping-equipped drone was able to realise “stable automatic navigation” under a “non-GPS environment,” Terra Drone said. The result was the generation of a highly accurate 3D model.Terra Drone said the many injuries caused by fall of rock incidents in Africa could be somewhat alleviated through the use of accurate surveying and inspection.“We believe that this technology (drone mapping) will improve safety and work efficiency in Africa’s mining industry in the future,” the company said.Teppei Seki, Terra Drone Chief Operating Officer, said he was delighted to have carried out such a demonstration with Sibanye-Stillwater. He said the company would now focus on volume calculation by “making 3D measurements of stopes, survey and inspection for ore path and vertical shaft with Sibanye-Stillwater”.The collaboration is expected to be a “giant step” towards opening up the development of more underground mines in Africa in the future, he added.Terra Drone is a leading commercial drone technology company that is expanding. It has a branch in South Africa along with nine others in the world covering mining, oil & gas and electricity solutions.